SA To Harness Energy From Awkward Tension Between Frydenberg And Weatherill

The Turnbull government has also asked for advice on options to improve transparency and competition in the gas market from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Mike Vertigan, the head of the gas market reform group in the Council of Australian Governments (Coag) energy council.

The Prime Minister said all Australians needed to be assured of reliable and affordable energy.

Thirdly, South Australia's Minister for Energy will be given strong new powers to direct the national market in the case of an electricity supply shortfall.

The growing divide between state and federal governments over energy security is worsening angst among Australian companies over rising energy bills.

The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy said the strategy had energy reliability at its core and would help businesses remain nationally and globally competitive.

If only we could channel political insults into power, we'd have a renewable energy source we could all get behind.

A new Energy Security Target will increase South Australia's energy self-reliance by requiring more locally generated, cleaner, secure energy to be used in South Australia.

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Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Chief Executive Dr Malcolm Roberts said the meeting between the Prime Minister and gas producers in Canberra today had been constructive. That will be more heavily shaped by decisions in other States and at the national level.

AT the height of the controversy over coal seam gas, residents of Gloucester and Fullerton Cove - among other parts of the state - fought pitched battles to stop their backyards from being checker-plated with gas wells of the sort that were already commonplace in Queensland. "South Australia has to go it alone". "If we can figure out a technique to bottle that, we could easily power the city for months!"

As political bunfights go, fans of the genre probably haven't seen anything like today's media conference between South Australian premier Jay Weatherill and federal energy Josh Frydenberg since the Love Actually scene in which Hugh Grant as the British PM gets stuck into Billy Bob Thornton's USA president.

Power and gas giant AGL said the plan to safeguard SA from a repeat of crippling blackouts that hit previous year appeared to be a "considered and comprehensive" response to the state's energy crisis. The study will test the economic feasibility of very large-scale storage in the national electricity market (NEM).

"They could, for example, weigh carefully their willingness to sell gas on the LNG spot markets above meeting their contractual commitments".

The battery storage aspect has generally been well received, but the plan to build a 250MW gas-fired power plant at a huge cost to provide emergency back-up power and grid stability services has had many scratching their heads.

He said the industry wanted to see restrictions around new gas developments removed to help boost supply.

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